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Sunday, April 06, 2008

Salivation

Saliva is the watery and usually frothy substance produced in the mouths of humans and most other animals. Saliva is produced in and secreted from the salivary glands. Human saliva is 98% water, which carries electrolytes, mucus, antibacterial compounds and various enzymes. Enzymes begin the digestion process, breaking down some starch and fat at the molecular level. Saliva breaks down food caught in the teeth, protecting them from bacteria that cause decay. Saliva also lubricates and protects the teeth, the tongue, and the tender tissues inside the mouth.
Salivation can be an involuntary response to the anticipation of food - especially something tasty...this scene got me salivating

Give a few weeks and these two will be ready for the table. I must plant some mint in a flower pot

22 Comments:

Blogger lorenzothellama said...

Bloody meat eaters!

Just picked Jack, Miki and Allan up and are in the process of getting bladdered!

7:42 pm  
Blogger Ellee Seymour said...

You are heartless Maalie. ;-)

7:44 pm  
Blogger simon said...

they LOOK delicious! I have a new de longi BBQ that has a motorised Spit ( aahahahahh! pun!)

AND headlights so you can see them roasting in the dark! About 8 hours all up!

1:07 am  
Blogger Shrinky said...

Maalie, you are an evil old cuss sometimes!

7:49 am  
Blogger TCA said...

When they're that tender I like to only show mine the heat - taste is much sweeter when the meat is extra-rare..

W

10:31 am  
Blogger Ellee Seymour said...

It's pulses for me tonight, and I admit I am not salivating.

4:30 pm  
Blogger Maalie said...

Ellee, pulses? Yes, I love braised lambs' hearts too!

5:30 pm  
Blogger Halfmom, AKA, Susan said...

Well, I can certainly see why you might think this post less than favorable with your readers!

The pictures are lovely though. Did you take them?

5:54 pm  
Blogger Magdalene said...

I'm having Quorn fillets and thankfully not a baaaa in earshot!

7:54 pm  
Blogger Halfmom, AKA, Susan said...

I think that Alice in Wonderland might make for fewer nightmare in the children as night time reading?

9:27 pm  
Blogger Rob Hopcott said...

Loved your post Maalie. For me it had powerful inner truth and made me hungry for more...

Er, any chance of a discourse on the exchange of saliva during courtship rituals?

Then there is saliva as a weapon!

The possibilities for spin offs are clearly endless :-)

I await with bated breath ...

9:40 pm  
Blogger Magdalene said...

Rob, bated breath is not likely to guarantee you any courtship saliva exchanges at all. Try some extra strong mints.

3:22 pm  
Blogger West Somerset Creative Project said...

Awwwww, Mags, and I was saving the mint for the lambs :-)

3:25 pm  
Blogger Rob Hopcott said...

Oops, sorry folks. I just got my multiple personalities mixed up.

It was ... How can I put it?

Er...

Two places at same time ...

Ah yes!

It was a quantum moment.

4:43 pm  
Blogger Magdalene said...

I don't know how you keep up with them all, I find five or so enough to deal with.

12:57 pm  
Blogger Rob Hopcott said...

Is that three fruit and two veg?

Oooh, I like my personalities 'cuisine minceur' :-)

2:39 pm  
Blogger Metamatician said...

Rob, are you saying you did the equivalent of passing through two slits at the same time? Wow that sounds a bit prurient doesn't it...

Maalie, you heartless thug, eating these poor lambies and being unapologetic about the whole thing. It's one thing to do it because of our nature as omnivores, it's quite another to revel in it.

I'm gonna download the cute lamby pictures and pretend they live on a nature preserve in never-never land, and purge all thoughts of consuming them from my mind.

12:36 am  
Blogger Ted M. Gossard said...

Great pics, and I learned something in such a short post. Really plenty.

You use wikipedia, too, Maalie. That makes me feel better. Actually you're not the only educated, intelligent person I know who uses it, or at least directs others to it, which is more like what you do, I'm sure. I hope they keep up the quality of it, and keep working to improve it. It's a nice resource.

And a nice science lesson here, as well.

2:02 am  
Blogger Merisi said...

I do eat meat. I may stop if you come up with more of those cute animal pictures (sad state of denial I live in, I admit). ;-)

2:25 pm  
Blogger Angel... said...

Wow..

3:49 pm  
Blogger Metamatician said...

Wow is right...

2:42 am  
Blogger NaNcY said...

very phunny

4:36 am  

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